Cincinnati has an amazing arts community. For a city of our size, we can experience the opera, symphony, ballet, theater, museums, choral music, modern dance and a variety of other art forms. We are also very fortunate that African-American artists routinely display their talents right here in the Queen City.

Cincy Arts Guide provides detailed listings on performances, exhibitions, classes, fundraisers and other arts events from arts organizations across the region.

Here is a list of upcoming events that local African-Americans will not want to miss. Be sure to ask about any special deals, discount options, community performances or same-day options. If there are events we have missed, please submit them to The Voice of Black Cincinnati Calendar.





Dreamgirls musical Covington

Dreamgirls Musical
The Carnegie
August 11 – 26

The Carnegie is kicking off its 2018-19 Theatre season with flashy costumes, Motown music, and plenty of drama with the Tony Award-winning Dreamgirls Musical. Tickets are $23 – $30 and can be purchased online, by calling 859-957-1940 or visiting The Carnegie Box Office located at 1028 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY 41011 on Tuesdays through Fridays between 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings. Saturday showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Sundays are  3:00 p.m.


G-Eazy’s Endless Summer Tour
Riverbend Music Center
August 18

G-Eazy’s Endless Summer Cincinnati Tour features new wave artists Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, Ybn Nahmir, P-Lo and Murda Beatz. Prices start at $26.00 and can be purchased online or by calling 513-232-6220. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Riverbend Music Center gates will open 60–90 minutes prior to show time. Accepted items allowed on grounds include a sealed water bottle, blanket, binoculars, seat cushions and lawn chairs. For a full list, view General Policies.


UniverSoul circus CincinnatiUniverSoul  Circus
Midpointe Crossing Lot
August 22 – September 3

UniverSoul Circus is a highly interactive combination of circus arts, theater, and music. Their show is fresh, funky, bold, fun, urban and challenges your imagination like no other circus. Tickets range from $20-$35 and can be purchased online. Use the code “FUN” at checkout to purchase any ticket for $17.50. Infants 11 months or younger are free but must sit on adult’s lap. Snag tickets for only $16 on Groupon.


Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo ThreauxdowTrombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown
PNC Pavilion
August 25

Headlined by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, the touring street party also features Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and New Breed Brass Band, plus special guest appearances by Big Easy legends Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Kermit Ruffins, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, and more. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 20. They can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Doors open at 6 p.m.


D.L. Hughley liveD.L. Hughley Comedy Show
Liberty Funny Bone
September 7 – 8

Now is your chance to see actor, political commentator, radio host and stand-up comedian D. L. Hughley live! Tickets are $35 general admission and $70 VIP (plus applicable fees). Purchase online or by calling 513-779-5233. All shows are for ages 21 and over. 


Gary Clark Jr. ConcertGary Clark Jr. Cincinnati
Taft Theatre
September 11

The revelation that is the Austin-born virtuoso guitarist, vocalist and songwriter finds him just as much an amalgamation of his myriad influences and inspirations. Tickets for this event are $39.50 – $64.50 and can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or visiting the Taft Theatre Box Office.


Sisters United Cincinnati TourSisters United – It’s Our Time Tour
Duke Energy Convention Center
September 13

Come hear vocal powerhouses from all different genres. Sway to RnB singers Stephanie Mills, Avery Sunshine and Chante Moore. Shout out a prayer with Gospel artist Yolanda Adams. Last but certainly not least, throw your hands up for Hip Hop pioneer MC Lyte. Ticket prices are $47.50, $57.50 and $67.50. Tickets can be purchased online, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. The show starts at 7 p.m. Groupon currently has discount tickets available.


Cincinnati I Love The 90's TourI Love The 90s Tour
US Bank Arena
September 14

Work on perfecting your favorite 90’s dance because Salt N Pepa, All 4 One, Kid n Play, Montell Jordan, Young MC, and Rob Base are performing just for you. Tickets prices range from $36.50 – $240 and are available for purchase online, by calling 513-421-4111 or visiting the U.S. Bank Arena Box Office. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Save 25%  by entering the keyword ‘SALT’ at checkout. Offer is valid until August 10th.


4U – A symphonic Celebration of Prince TourPrince Cincinnati Tribute
Taft Theatre
September 24

Live Nation Urban and TCG Entertainment will create and tour the first and only official estate-approved symphonic Prince celebration, the 4U- A Symphonic Celebration of Prince tour. This Prince Cincinnati tribute will feature a live band with world-class musicians and vocalists who will perform alongside the orchestra. Also, Questlove, an avid Prince fan, has helped curate the music and orchestral arrangements that will be played by the symphony. Tickets are $30 – $99.50 (plus applicable fees) and can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-745-300 or visiting the Taft Theatre Box Office. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. 


NickiHndrxx TourNickiHndrxx Cincinnati Tour
U.S. Bank Arena
September 29

There is no better combination of your favorite trap music rapper and pop-trap rapper. Nicki Minaj and Future are hitting the road and making a stop right here in the Queen City for their NickiHndrxx Cincinnati Tour! These two already have plenty of songs together like You Da Baddest, Tapout and Do You Mind. Tickets prices range between $56 – $157 and can be purchased online. Presale tickets are available now if you are a Citi Cardmember. General public tickets go on sale Friday, July 15 at 10 a.m.


Nat King Cole ChristmasAn Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas Experience
Aronoff Center
December 5 – 7

Warm up your holiday season with the Artists Lounge Live production of An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 and go on sale Friday, August 17 at 10:00 a.m. Purchase tickets online, by calling 513-621-5787 or visiting the Aronoff Center Box Office. Group discount tickets for ten or more are available by calling 513-977-4157.


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Marissa Staples, Writer
The Voice of Black Cincinnati

Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.


  1. These events are great, but one other important one to add to the list is the Small Business Networking Event on Wednesday April 12th 6pm – 9pm at Full Throttle Indoor Karting. This is a great opportunity for Business owners to Promote their business, Network, Build Relationships, and participate in the Business Go-Karting Challenge. Don’t Miss Out, Get Your Tickets:

  2. Another event to mention is the “HBCU Alumni Day Party Series” which kicks off April 22nd at DJs Sports Tavern from 4-9p. This series is 6 events during a period of 6 months from April to September. The objectives are 1) strengthen the network of HBCU supporters/Alumni in the Cincinnati area. 2) Build positive awareness as it relates to HBCUs. 3) To use some of the proceeds to give back by donating to the schalorship fund of a randomly selected local HBCU Alumni Association.

  3. How nice it is to have information on such a wide diversity of events for the African-American please keep publishing this.

  4. Highlighting the positive flow of black energy through our communities unleashes the music found in the soul!!
    I salute the Voice!!!

  5. I deeply appreciate this media for many reasons, the most important being that it makes a serious attempt to have communication that is relevant to me. The community of Cincinnati is not eclectic in its inclusion of the African American voice; even though we make up approximately 42 precent of the population we have very little choice as ir relates choices of media that connects to our concerns. I thank this publications creators for the refreshing change. Thank you.

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